Being a big Orson Scott Card fan I would have jumped into any new book of his and anything Ender Saga related especially. He seems to be coming out with quite a few new books around the Ender Saga and, although that may not be a bad thing it might just feel like a bit of a cash in, especially with a new movie out next year based on Ender's Game. Much of the reviews for this book were not positive which worried me just slightly and much of the comments where if this is something of a cash, is there more story to be taken out of Bean's life? It started out fine as a spin off but it still felt like a story that should have been told but now this far in, is it?
Well, there is a story to be told but I just don't know if it should have been sold as a novel. The book is very short at just over two hundred pages and that's in large type. Still, is that so bad? Maybe not. But it really is a short story sold in a hard cover.
Bean will be familiar to any readers of the Ender Saga as well as any readers of the spin-off shadows series and this seems to set up the end of his story. He is dying and in a space ship going at near light speed. As time passes normal for everyone inside, outside hundreds of years have passed in the hope that scientists will be able to come up with a cure for his and his three kids disease. But they haven't and what does that mean for Bean and his children?
I liked this story and it had a bittersweet ending. Although short in length there is a good story here and it even managed to come up with some answers about the alien race from Ender's Game which was unexpected but good that it was included.
Its worth a read but not really worth the money for a full priced novel.